Vitamin D’s role in immune health is now well known across the globe; vitamin D receptors are found on a number of immune cells, including lymphocytes and macrophages, supporting healthy immune cell activation. But what else do we need vitamin D for?
☀️ Vitamin D (calciferol) is actually a hormone – a compound manufactured by a part of the body that causes another part to respond.
☀️ Vitamin D is required for the mineralisation of bones; it raises blood calcium and phosphorus by increasing absorption from the digestive tract, withdrawing calcium from bones and stimulating retention by the kidneys.
☀️ Vitamin D is synthesised in the body with the help of sunlight. Skin exposure to sunlight accounts for more than 80% of the vitamin D in our body.
☀️ Only a few foods contain vitamin D naturally; beef, veal, egg yolks, liver, fatty fish and their oils.
☀️ Vitamin D deficiency can cause osteomalacia in adults; bones become increasingly soft, flexible, brittle and deformed. Osteoporosis, a condition of reduced bone density is another prevalent disease of ageing resulting from inadequate vitamin D.
☀️ With so many people deficient in vitamin D during winter and spring, it is important to get your levels assessed to ensure they are not low.
If you think your vitamin D levels are low, make it a priority to get them checked.
Any nutrition deficiencies or imbalances can be addressed with a customised nutrition & lifestyle plan and high quality supplements (if needed), so you can be on your way to optimal health and longevity.
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